Luxury tour operator Simpson Travel has your ultimate Mediterranean family escape sorted
The days of throwing things in a bag, hopping on a plane and letting your heart take you to newfound destinations can seem like a lifetime ago when you’re a parent. Planning a family holiday is never as simple as booking a hotel, ensuring there’s a beach nearby and that everybody has a bed. For most parents, besides choosing where to go and how to get there, there’s a multitude of other factors to consider, too; from the facilities and childcare options available to cuisine that will appease your fussy eaters, and of course, the local beaches, nearby attractions and activities.
There’s certainly no ‘one size fits all’ formula for family trips abroad, which is why it really makes all the difference to book with a tour operator that not only knows the destinations inside out, but also understands your specific needs. Nowadays the majority of holiday planning is done online, but personalised service and first-hand knowledge should never be underestimated. So much can be gained from speaking to someone who has actually visited the property or hotel you’re staying in, and is able to provide reassurance if you’re feeling anxious about travelling with young children.
With an impressive 40 years of experience under its belt, Simpson Travel, an award-winning specialist tour operator with an expansive, yet carefully chosen range of villas, apartments and hotels, finds that knowledge and experience continues to be a huge draw for families. Simpson Travel operate in five Mediterranean countries many of which have been selected especially for their broad family appeal. The friendliness of Simpson’s staff – as parents and grandparents themselves – is second to none. Thoughtful service is at the heart of every holiday, perfectly complemented by some of Europe’s finest family villas and friendly family hotels. Best of all, almost all of these properties are exclusive to Simpson Travel.
When was the last time you truly relaxed on a family holiday? If you have young children, your idea of a stress-free trip might have simply become getting everyone there and back again in one piece, with as few complaints, arguments and injuries as possible.
So, when you’re pining for a few uninterrupted hours of unwinding by the pool, a crèche can offer the perfect remedy. If you’re heading to the Greek islands, both the Hatchlings Crèche (six months to three years) and the Turtle Club (four to 10 year olds) are brilliant for youngsters, available at the private villas at Mousses in Lefkada and Periyali in Zakynthos.
Even if you don’t need childcare, finding the perfect villa is still an important part of your holiday. Whether you fancy a smaller family getaway or plan on bringing along grandparents and relatives for moral support, a property that gives everyone their own space is definitely the way to go. A superb example of a perfect property for a multi-generational holiday is the charming Domaine Santu Pietru, Villa Alba, in Corsica. As well as two comfortable bedrooms in the main building, there is an additional one-bedroom guest cottage in the garden, ideal for family members who want their privacy, yet close enough to be on hand for babysitting duties. Or the wonderfully spacious Ca Na Fustera in Mallorca features five bedrooms, four of which have en-suite bathrooms. The large garden is ideal for little ones to run around in, and there is the added reassurance of a gated terrace. Here, family-friendly services can also easily be arranged, such as childcare and catering, meaning parents can completely relax and unwind.
Prefer the luxury and convenience of a hotel? There’s also plenty on offer for families within the Simpson Hotels collection. GK Beach Hotel in Crete with its unique beachside location is one such spot that boasts sea-view suites, beautiful tropical gardens and lush green lawns, plus a children’s swimming pool where kids can splash and play safely. And for your tweens and teens – who can be tricky to keep amused at the best of times – there’s clubs for them, too. Look out for Dolphins (aged eight to 12) and Tribe (13 and over) programmes at Bella Mare Hotel in the popular area of north-east Corfu, which will be joining Simpson’s portfolio in 2019.
But of course, booking the perfect hotel or villa isn’t the only thing that makes a family trip special. Holidays are about the whole experience, whether that includes watching your little ones learn to swim, finding a secluded bay to explore, or just relaxing in the comfort that you have expert advice to hand, if and when required. With its combination of idyllic destinations, handpicked accommodation and personalised service, Simpson Travel really do offer an effortless experience from start to finish, gifting you with a holiday that is far more than just a week or two away.
Planning your family holiday for 2019? Simpson Travel has more than 40 years’ experience planning the happiest family holidays. To speak to a travel expert, call 020 3773 5314 or visit simpsontravel.com